Gewiss Ballan 1994 and 1995

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Do you remember Gewiss Balla team in 1994 and 1995?
In my opinion it's biggest case of systematic doping in cyclism.

the doctor was Michele Ferrari of course and the had results like

Milan-Sanremo 1994, 1996
Tirreno-Adriatico 1994
La Flèche Wallonne 1994
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 1994
Giro di Lombardia 1994
Giro d'Italia 1994
2nd overall 1994 Tour de France
Paris-Tours 1995, 1996
3rd overall 1995 Tour de France
2nd & 3rd overall 1995 Giro d'Italia
Amstel Gold Race 1996

1994 was unbelievable.
 
marco1_79 said:
Do you remember Gewiss Balla team in 1994 and 1995?
In my opinion it's biggest case of systematic doping in cyclism.

the doctor was Michele Ferrari of course and the had results like

Milan-Sanremo 1994, 1996
Tirreno-Adriatico 1994
La Flèche Wallonne 1994
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 1994
Giro di Lombardia 1994
Giro d'Italia 1994
2nd overall 1994 Tour de France
Paris-Tours 1995, 1996
3rd overall 1995 Tour de France
2nd & 3rd overall 1995 Giro d'Italia
Amstel Gold Race 1996

1994 was unbelievable.
No better than US Postal/Discovery channel: 7 Tour de France, 2 Vueltas and 1 Giro.
 
Mar 19, 2009
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Ferrari is by far the best. Thats true. It wasnt just epo that made Gewiss go fast. :)
 
Jul 13, 2009
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blackcat said:
Azevedo riding to 5th on Discovery? come on. All they did not win was Roubaix.
Actually, their spring campaign was never very successful - their strongest efforts were in the Driedaagse de Panne and once in Gent-Wevelgem.

My guess is their typical, rather passive, tactics weren't suited for single-day races.
 
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Apart from a very young Boonen & Devolder, they had a $hitty one day team in my opinion. Lance quit trying for those races, and Hincapie was not on equal with Museew.
 
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Yes, Gewiss were a shocking example of organised doping with their use of Ferrari.

But look at Festina, Mapei or ONCE too. In fact look at most teams operating in the 1990s.

Arguably it was ONCE that began it all. They started turning up to races in February on "full power" and so forced other teams/riders to join the arms race and adopt similar preparation methods.
 
Mar 18, 2009
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Escarabajo said:
I bet Ugromov was doing aerobics at midnight.
*points at Riis' 56.7% haematocrit*

*points to Riis' statements in his "I won the Tour on EPO" press conference where he states Jeff D'Hont's accusations of 60% haematocrit are lies and his haematocrit was never over his natural 42%*

[sarcasm]Riis was definitely being honest in that press conference. Thus we can also surely trust him when he says his team is clean, despite their dominance among so many riders who constantly fail dope tests[/sarcasm]


Sorry for hijacking the topic :p
 
In relation to Lance and the Omerta, and specfically the Gewiss team of these years...David Walsh interview from 2001: Were you not suspicious of the spring they (Gewiss )had? No, they had built momentum, that's cycling. The Tour de France podium of 1994, with Ugrumov, Pantani, and Miguel, had enough EPO to block up the Suez canal.
 
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yes but in 1994 we have seen mediocre riders like Furlan and Bobrik winning Milano - San Remo and Giro di Lombardia.
and what about Liege? they were 3 on first 3 places.
 
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Digger said:
In relation to Lance and the Omerta, and specfically the Gewiss team of these years...David Walsh interview from 2001: Were you not suspicious of the spring they (Gewiss )had? No, they had built momentum, that's cycling.
The part where 3 Gewiss riders rode away (without attacking) from the entire peloton at the Flèche Wallone and couldn't be brought back by a concerted effort from the entire peloton being the most "d'oh"-worthy moment.

Not to mention a pursuit rider suddenly winning Liége and the Giro d'Italia without losing much weight at all.
 

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